You Can Not Do More With Less – Less for Libraries Means Less For Our Communities and They Deserve More

Doing more with less is a bad joke on people who have made a living making something from nothing. Two years ago George Needham was a speaker at my library's staff day. I'm not sure these were his exact words, but it is pretty close and you get the idea. It stuck with me. Libraries and librarians need to stop saying we can do more with less. We can't. We can do less with less. Our communities are continually demanding more from us - more formats for content, more space for things like games, meetings and creating both digital and physical things. These are all great things, things libraries Read more [...]

To Be or Not To Be? #Libday9

I'm gearing up to announce Library Day in the Life Round 9 and I have run into a couple of issues. While I was struggling with them a larger issue occurs to me - should there even be a libday9? So I'm bringing it to the masses. Here are my questions for you 1. Should there be an Libday9? Social media has changed a lot since the first one in 2008. Are people even still interested in sharing their day and, maybe more importantly, reading about the day of others? The last couple of years the posts have gotten more chronological and, I think, less useful for people looking for information about Read more [...]

Libraries Are Powerful Partners

Now start acting like it. I spent much of the last two weeks dealing with the issue of libraries and digital literacy. There were a great many meetings and conversations and discussions. Too many to blog and some off the record. I also spent most of the last week at the Annual ALA conference in Anaheim attending a variety of meetings. In the end my take away from all this comes down to one simple thing - Libraries are Powerful Partners. Now start acting like it. Powerful partners: contribute share bring something to the table show up at the party even when they aren't the belle Read more [...]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (and the Interesting) of Libraries and eBooks – Pew’s Latest Report

This morning at 12:01 am Pew released their new report on the role of libraries in the digital age – title Libraries, patrons and ebooks. You can read the full report here and I encourage you to do so, there is a great deal of good data there. I've pulled out some data that I think falls under the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain interesting sections. The good: Almost 70% of people believe that their local library is important to them 58% of adults are library card holders. 12% of Americans ages 16 and older who read e-books say they have borrowed an e-book from a library Read more [...]

Penguin’s Pitiful Re-Engagement With Libraries

Shame on Penguin for this pitiful attempt at re-establishing a relationship. Reminds me of a bad boyfriend I had once – he’d be a jerk, disappear then show up again in a day or two saying he wanted to make it work, that he cared about me but he wanted to take it slow and maybe see other people too.  Let’s learn faster than I did that this is a BAD relationship. Seriously. Remember when they left? Citing problems with "friction"  (they actually considered making patrons physically visit the library to download ebooks) and Amazon? Now they are back - they want to work with us. Read more [...]

I am Honored to be Included in the 2012 Salem Press Blog Awards – Thank you!

This morning Salem Press announced the winners of their 2012 Blog Awards. When I saw the announcement for nominees a couple of weeks ago I was honored and humbled to be included along side this year’s fellow nominees for public library blogs which included - RA for All, David Lee King, Richard Kong, and Agnostic, Maybe. Because of such fine company I was surprised to see this morning’s announcement for the public library category: Public Library Blog Winner Librarian by Day Public Library Blog Honorable Mention David Lee King Two well-cultivated blogs rose to the top in the Read more [...]

“Information is powerful, but it is how we use it that will define us”

I can't stop thinking about this video since I saw it yesterday. Especially the quote I used for the title of this post. "Information is powerful, but it is how we use it that will define us" Look past the fact that it is from Google and look at the power of information. Take note that this includes the internet but also a physical bulletin board. You can see more videos like this at Google Search Stories Since I'm sharing vidoes, not something I do often here these days watch this one from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Libraries and the digital divide Read more [...]

Don’t Write Off ALA’s Work on Digital Literacy and the FCC Before Reading This

About two weeks ago there was an article in the New York Times titled Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era which caused an outcry among librarians, and there has been a whirlwind of online activity. Much of what is in that article was no surprise to me thanks to my interest in digital literacy, my service on the Digital Literacy Task Force and the fact that I've been following the FCC's focus, or lack thereof, on digital literacy since the National Broadband Plan was released in March of 2010. I have also been publicly expressing concern over the FCC's acknowledge (or lack thereof) the Read more [...]

Digital Literacy and eBook Sessions of Note at #ALA12

I won't be speaking at ALA instead I'll be spending much of my time in meetings. I thought I would share sessions of note on digital literacy and ebook issues that readers might be interested in. Unfortunately I won't be able to be at all these as they often conflict with my commitments. But if you are interested in ebooks or digital literacy issues take note! :-) Saturday The E-book Elephant in the Room: Determining What’s Relevant and Effective for Your Patrons & Making Effective Decisions for Your Future E-collection 8:00am to 10:00am Anaheim Convention Center 204C Speaker: Anne Read more [...]